Book design

You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but you can still admire the artwork and craftsmanship of a beautiful book. From illustrated dust jackets to art deco, explore some of incredible examples of stunning book design.

August 23, 2022
Illustrated books are the combination of words and art on the page. This list of influential illustrated books includes world famous artists, specialist book illustrators, pioneers from the Golden Age of Illustration, children's picture books, a diary, alphabet books, and more.
By Richard Davies
February 23, 2022
The Grand Budapest Hotel was one of the most successful movies of 2014. But are you aware of the inspiration for this film?
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July 10, 2021
Fine presses, private presses and small presses vary from traditional publishing houses because of their size, scope and intention. Books produced by these publishers are often adored by collectors who desire books that are not run-of-the-mill.
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By Jessica Doyle
July 06, 2021
We scoured our vast selection of vintage books for the most beautiful dust jackets, and soon discovered that selecting just 30 was a nearly impossible task. This selection ranges from 1917 to 1969, and really is just a drop in the bucket. From abstract design to detailed illustrations, enjoy these gorgeous vintage dust jackets.
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June 03, 2021
Typography is the art of arranging type and that includes the selection of typefaces, the point size and the leading. A typographer is someone who designs typefaces.
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June 03, 2021
Standing like an island amid the sea of cheap mass produced paperbacks and formulaic new releases, is the Folio Society. This organization is half publisher, half book club, and was founded in 1947 on the principle that books should be beautiful to the eye as well as captivating to the mind.
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June 03, 2021
Art Deco, which originated in Paris, is one of the most memorable of all design movements thanks to its modern feel and use of mathematical and geometric shapes. Oddly the actual label of 'Art Deco' was not popularized until 1968 when art historian Bevis Hillier published a book called Art Deco of the 20s and 30s.
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By Jessica Doyle
June 03, 2021
Penguin Drop Caps is a series of 26 rainbow-hued hardcover editions of literature's finest treasures. An edition for each letter of the alphabet, the series features authors from A (Jane Austen) to Z (Carlos Ruiz Zafon).
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June 03, 2021
A Wrinkle in Time can be classified as science fiction or fantasy, or both. The plot includes something called a tesseract where space and time are folded together. Here's a selection of covers for our favorite children's story about the space-time continuum.
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